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A new hotel for design-savvy travelers on a budget

Paris’ Hotel Henriette has the on-trend charm of a hip, cozy Parisian apartment.

A guest room at the new Hotel Henriette in Paris. A guest room at the new Hotel Henriette in Paris. A guest room at the new Hotel Henriette in Paris. (Photo: Hervé Goluza / Courtesy of Hotel Henriette)

As one of the top five most visited cities in the world, Paris hotels come in many shapes and styles. But the recently opened Hotel Henriette stands out for its great design, affordability and the fact that it has all the chic nonchalance of an on-trend Paris apartment. More than just a new place to crash, it’s a fabulous lesson in the art of small space decorating à la française. Billing itself as a “bohemian boutique hotel,” Hotel Henriette is located near the Latin quarter on a quiet street in the 13th arrondissement. It’s boho chic in the way only the French can pull off, with carefully sourced vintage and industrial furniture and objects, cozy textiles, and a timeless mix of old and new that add comfort and character.

Parisian fashion journalist turned interior designer Vanessa Scoffier has individually designed each of the 32 rooms like guest rooms in your cool stylish Parisian friend’s fabulous apartment, with enough variations so that repeat guests never have an opportunity to get bored.

The breakfast room at Hotel Henriette.The breakfast room at Hotel Henriette. (Photo: Hervé Goluza/Courtesy of Hotel Henriette)

But while the rooms (four singles, four twins, 19 doubles and four suites) each have their own character, the overall design has a harmonious look and feel thanks to some clever decorating codes. Pale pink is all the rage in Parisian home decor at the moment, but Scoffier balances out the precious hue with heavy doses of navy blue. Single rooms transform beds into cozy banquettes thanks to an assortment of pillows; two-legged wall-mounted wooden desks complemented with vintage task lamps are featured in many of the rooms. Vintage rattan furniture and sunburst mirrors – another huge Paris decorating trend – grace the walls. Headboards are created by adding judicious touches of stylish wallpaper or embellishing unfinished plywood with bold graphic stripes of color.

And the cool, luxe common spaces like the winter garden and breakfast room don’t disappoint, setting the tone for the rest of the space, like a well-designed home whose spaces echo one another while maintaining their own character.

Hotel Henriette lobby features vintage furniture and lighting, a Berber-style rug, cozy wallpaper and bold color.Hotel Henriette lobby features vintage furniture and lighting, a Berber-style rug, cozy wallpaper and bold color. (Photo: Hervé Goluza/Courtesy of Hotel Henriette)

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